When Ray Nutting wants something he is anything but subtle. While supporting D’Agostini for Sheriff he drove around for months with 8-foot billboards in the bed of his truck. When he wanted Rico Oller for Assembly he stood on Highway 50 in Placerville with a sign and yelled at passersby to vote for Rico. But when his constituents want him to oppose the Shingle Springs high density San Stino project he is silent.
At the community meeting on March 14, hundreds of residents were stupefied by the bright red line around Shingle Springs delineating a “Community Region” where high-density development is encouraged (contrary to the current General Plan zoning of one house on 5 acres). What few at this meeting realized was Ray Nutting spearheaded the addition of this Community Region to the General Plan when he was District 2 Supervisor in 2000. Several years ago, Ray Nutting told me the San Stino project will go forward in spite of public opinion, however, it will be downsized to approximately 800 units in order to appear to make concessions for the residents and CEQA.
This situation is similar to Jack Sweeney and the Diamond Springs MRF relocation debacle. The Diamond Springs community signed petitions and voiced its opposition at the board meetings to no avail. It was only when a petition to recall Jack Sweeney was circulated that he suspended these plans. Ray Nutting has over 13 years of work and back room dealings invested in the San Stino project. Proof of this lies in his e-mail admission that he talked to the contractor ex parte. It was only when he was challenged on the fact that this project is discretionary and can be rejected that he admitted ex parte conversations with the developer. Ray Nutting is representing himself and his own interests and not District 2.
Maybe the risk of losing salary, added retirement and a future in politics will motivate Ray Nutting to represent the community or risk the path of Jack Sweeney.